More Street Numbering to Come to Vancouver – March 13, 1899

The Board of Works resolved to carry out the street numbering on the system recommended by the City Engineer. The City’s contract for advertising will be split evenly among the News-Advertiser, Province and World for the next year. The Light, Railway and Tramway Committee planned to interview Wiring Inspector candidates, and Alderman McPhaiden had plans to amend the Electric Wiring By-Law.

This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9
pages 21 – 29

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Vancouver March 13th 1899

The Council met on Monday March 13th 1899.

Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, Skinner, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Messrs A.E. McCortney and Thos Scott offering quarry sites for sale on the North Arm.
Filed for reference

From Evans, Coleman & Evans recommending the laying down of vitrified brick on the streets
Referred to the Board of Works

From James F. Malkin asking for the improvement of the lane at the corner of Bute & Harwood Streets
Referred to the Board of Works

From W.A. Grant etal asking for the grading of Fir Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From F. Rathgeber et al asking for a basement drain through Block 28 D.L. 541
Referred to the Board of Works

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.
Filed

From S. K. Twigg asking for improvements on Beach Av
Referred to the Board of Works

From H.A. Simpson, Solicitor for H.B.A. Fogu (?) asking for fair play for his client
Referred to the Board of Works

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From Webster Bros. asking for the rocking of Granville Street south.
Referred to the Board of Works

From A.E. Dick asking that Stanley Park be included in the fire limits
Referred to the Board of Works

From A. Robinson, Market Hall asking for two weeks leave of absence.

Moved by Alderman Ferguson
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That his request be granted.
Carried.

From R.E. Green & co asking the City to reserve their Directory order as he was preparing one.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From G. Thomas, Manager of the Gas Works complaining of rock being piled on Keefer St and asking for its removal

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Bruce
That the owner be notified to remove same within a week failing which the City will remove it at his expense.
Carried.

From C.C. Moody, Victoria proposing to give information respecting a mint for which they would require pay.
Filed

From Philip F. Webster explaining matters in connection with his application re Sewerage,
Filed.

J.R. McNeillie asking for improvements on 14th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works

From John D. Ronald setting forth the Superior qualities of his fire engines.
Filed for reference

From the Deputy Provincial Secretary stating that Walker Boult and Frank R. Stewart were appointed Members of the Licensing Board.
Filed

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From M. Rae asking for three months leave of absence.

Moved by Alderman Bruce
Seconded by “ Gilmour
That his request be granted.
Carried

From J.H. Carlisle recommending the naming of the new fire appliances
Referred to the Fire Committee

The following Reports were received and read.

Water and Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday March 8th 1899.
Present – Aldermen Brown, Skinner and Wood

Communications

From Thos Dunn & Co withdrawing all former quotations on iron, Steel and brass goods.
Filed

From H. Simpson etal asking for extension of water main in 8th Av west of Fairview.
Referred to the City Engineer

it was resolved to call for tenders for brass and pipe etc for the present Year.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

W.M. HutchingsSupplies$6.50
McLennan & McFeely43.23
N. LavereLabor6.00
Post MasterSupplies60.
Thos Dunn & Co45.02
B.C.M.T & T. Co.8.72
C.H. Jones67.50
John Boyd & Co101.44
R. Parkes & Sons2.83
Tryshall & Sons8.80
Water WorksPay Roll Labor725.82

sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

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Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 9th of March 1899
Present – the full Board

The plans for Henderson Bros and Desrosiers building to be erected on Hastings Street were respectively examined and passed the usual conditions as to excavations for areas etc to be compliant with.

Communications

From a large number of petitioners asking that the Street Railway Co be requested to extend this system southward on Westminster Avenue as far as the City Limits.
Referred to the Railway of Life Committee.

From petitioners asking for improvements on Harwood Street
Already in Estimates

From E.H. Heaps that asking for sidewalk on Victoria Drive and Venables Street.
Referred to the City Engineer and Alderman Foreman to examine and report.

From W.A. Anderson & Co re Australian hardwood for paving.
Filed for reference

From J.R. Webster etal asking for sidewalk to be removed on Richards Street between Helmcken and Pacific Streets
Referred to the City Engineer and Alderman Skinner to examine and report.

From Thos Dunn & Co withdrawing former quotations for steel brasswork etc.
Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to call for new tenders for all hardware supplies tenders to be sent in by 4 P.M on Thursday the 16th inst.

From W. H. Lucas, Manager of the Alhambra Theatre inviting the Mayor and Council to inspect said building
Accepted with thanks

From R.A. Anderson & Co re roots etc on Lot 12 Block 20 D.L. 200a Lorne Street

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alleged to have been placed there when the street was opened.
Chairman to enquire

From W.A. McIntosh wanting 6th Av. opened one block east of South Granville Street
Referred to the City Engineer to examine & report

From Mahon. McFarlane and Mahon asking for permission to have a 6 ft. square coal hole excavated under sidewalk on Judge Irvings Block Hastings Street and to lay a cement walk and asking what usual rebate is allowed.

Resolved that permission to excavate be granted under usual conditions as to rental etc and that they be allowed 7¢ per square foot rebate if the cement sidewalk when laid is according to specifications

From A.R. Waterfall re lane back of residence
Referred to the Chain Gang in turn

From P. Feroski re septic tank system of sewage
Laid over pending communication from England per Mr Ford

It was left to the City Engineer to give Mr McDonald Contractor for the Flask Block some crushed rock if possible.

Resolved that the Clerk notify Mr R. Casement that the Board allows 7 cts per square foot as rebate for Cement walk if laid down as proposed at Merchants Exchange Seymour Street

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

A SavardSupplies$5.00
W.L. Tait202.04
Robertson & Hackett217.19
B.C. Mills243.92
Van City Iron Works113.15
J. Boyd & Co..97
Thos Dunn & Co16.70
Pay RollLabor1399.87
Wm AllenSupplies15.00
S. S. BurtSteamer20.00

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It was resolved to carry out the street numbering on the system recommended by the City Engineer

sgd Alex Bruce
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Bruce
Seconded by “ Grant
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday March 10th 1899
Present – the full Board

Resolved that the News. Advertiser, Province and World be awarded the Contract for advertising conjointly for the current year until tenders are again called for . Such contracts to be awarded according to tender dated February 10th 1899.

The following contracts were awarded and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto:-

Wm RalphBands for Water pipes
AG LongChemical Engine
B.C. Electric Ry CoAgreements as authorized by By-Law No 323

The communications from the Library Board and Mrs Lena Marshall were again laid over.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Y. A. RoeddeSupplies$18.00
Telephone CoRents39.14
Trythall & SonSupplies28.80

Sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted
Carried

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Light, Railway & Tramway Committee

The Light Railway & Tramway Committee met on Saturday March 11th 1899.
Present – Aldermen McPhaiden, Grant and Foreman.

The following account was recommended for payment:-

B.C. Elec Ry Co Lights $2016.06

Communication

From C. Goodmurphy etal asking for an extension of the City Limits on Westminster Avenue.
Resolved that the Committee go around on Tuesday inst at 10:30 A.M. to inspect locations where street railway extensions are required and report.

From H. Hepworth Thompson Secretary the Imperial Electric Glow Lamp Co of London Eng. sending Catalogues of improved electric light lamps and asking that the Council order some as an experiment.
Resolved that a dozen be ordered

From M Dick etal asking that the electric light be not changed as proposed from a corner of 10th Av & St. George St
Request granted

From H.H. Hallberg etal asking for a street light on the corner of 10th Av and Victoria Street
Laid over until next fall

From the Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council and Brown Bros recommending the appointment of W.G. Harkness as Wiring Inspector and also from Angus MacDonald the present Inspector – furnishing a report shewing that he had received $365 last year leaving a balance of $63.00 uncollected.
Appointment of Inspector laid over until next meeting.

Applicant

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to be invited to be present with references shewing qualifications for the position.

Resolved that a By-Law be introduced to amend the hiring By-Law

sgd D. McPhaiden
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Report be adopted as read

Moved in amendment by Alderman Wood
Seconded by Alderman Skinner
That the application of Hollberg etal for an electric light be referred back and the balance of the Report adopted.
Amendment carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Rules be suspended to allow the introduction of a By-Law to provide for the opening of a lane through the Centre of Block 100 D.L. 196. Carried

The By-Law was read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Skinner
Seconded by “ Brown
That the City Solicitor be authorized to take such steps as may be necessary to give effect to the resolution passed by the Council concerning the exchange of certain lands with the B.C. Sugar Refinery in the event of the City closing up that portion of Forbes Avenue and Boundary Avenue mentioned in the resolution.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Rules be again sus-

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pended to allow of the second reading of the By-Law to provide for the opening of a lane through Block 100 D.L. 196. Carried

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time.

Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law to strike a rate for A.D. 1899 and the By-Law to provide for the opening up of a lane through Block 100 D.L. 196.
Carried.

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman

In Committee these By-Laws were read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete without amendment

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Rules be again suspended and the above By-Laws read a 3rd time.
Carried

The By-Laws were accordingly read a 3rd time and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto.

Notice of Motion

Alderman McPhaiden gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the Electric Wiring By-Law

The Council then adjourned.

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

James Garden
Mayor

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